A Late Autumn Train and Bike Ride

Even though most of the leaves are down around here and the weather is getting colder, there is still plenty to do outside.  Some friends rented a house at Deep Creek for the weekend and invited me to visit.  So I spent Friday night and in the morning we rode the train from Cumberland to Frostburg and then biked the 16 miles back.  We stopped at one point on the trail to wait for the steam engine to come through a tunnel.  After we completed the ride, we drove over to Swallow Falls State Park for the afternoon.  Being there a few weeks earlier would have been spectacular.

Fall Colors at Ohiopyle

Since this is one of my favorite places to hike around, I once again schlepped a camera and tripod around the State Park.  The fall colors were fairly close to peak and I had no other times when I could get away, so I left the house before dawn and arrived just before sunrise.  As much as sleeping in an extra hour would have been nice, good light simply doesn’t last all day.

My First Time at Twin Lakes Park

For as many years as I’ve lived in the area, I have never been to Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg, PA.  Thankfully, when setting up a time to shoot some portraits for friends, they suggested it as a great place to go.  They were right.  Two lakes (obviously), walking path’s, lots of tree’s, playgrounds and so much more provide a wide variety of posing opportunities.  I think I’ll have to go back and see what else there is.

The light was once again very nice from a slightly overcast sky and the sun already well on it’s way down.  To provide a bit of fill, I attached a Canon TTL cord to my Fuji X-T1 and had a Fuji EF-42 on the other end.  That sat in an umbrella mount with a 33″ white shoot through umbrella.  On the camera was the Fuji 55-200mm, so hand holding all of this was a challenge, but it worked out well.  I was able to move quickly without having to drag lightstands around and worry about the wind blowing over the umbrella’s.  I might try a slightly smaller softbox next time, as the 33″ umbrella was a bit unwieldy.  All in all, I’m quite happy with how it all turned out.

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